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Audiology - For Women Only?

David Weesner tapeworm at net2.intserv.com
Tue Jul 9 05:01:31 EST 1996

HearWHAC wrote:
> A topic for discussion. The latest AFA Torchbearer tells of the first three
> AuD graduates from Baylor - all women! There was also a picture of the AuD
> students at Central Michigan University - all women!
> Is this good? The "traditional hearing aid dealers" have been about 50/50
> male/female which I have felt was a healthy mix. But 100% female! No way!
> IMHO this is awful! So audiology in the USA will soon become a stereotyped
> female profession like nursing.
> What are the pros? What are the cons? Am I just being a sexist?
> Paul ;-)

I have noticed thie trend too, ever since I declared audiology as my 
major.  The secretary ran into the department chair's office gleefully 
shouting, "a MAN wants to major in audiology!"

Why?  Who knows for sure.  But I think that most will agree that the pay 
is low and jobs are scarce in comparison to other masters-level-entry 
fields.  Frankly, I think that that's a little secret most students 
do not know when they declare a major.  Most of the students I see are 
shocked when they have a hard time getting a job after earning a 
master's degree.

David Weesner, Audiologist
New Jersey

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